Supporting minority students through a reflexive approach to empowerment

Keddie, Amanda (2011) Supporting minority students through a reflexive approach to empowerment. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 32 2: 221-238. doi:10.1080/01425692.2011.547307

Author Keddie, Amanda
Title Supporting minority students through a reflexive approach to empowerment
Journal name British Journal of Sociology of Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0142-5692
Publication date 2011-03-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/01425692.2011.547307
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 32
Issue 2
Start page 221
End page 238
Total pages 18
Place of publication Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract Referring to the experiences of three Muslim refugee girls recently settled in Australia, this paper examines issues of schooling and empowerment. The paper draws on teacher and student interview data from a study that investigated inclusive approaches to addressing issues of cultural diversity in a secondary state high school in Queensland. The paper foregrounds the girls’ highly positive views of their experiences at the school; views that reflect the girls’ access to spaces of empowerment but belie the complexity and tensions involved in how empowerment was understood and approached by educators at the school. Theorising empowerment through poststructural understandings of agency, the paper examines conditions and ways of understanding that make possible spaces of empowerment for the girls. In particular, the paper argues for a reflexive approach to empowerment that is informed by an understanding of the framing discourses shaping minority student identity and a critical reflection on educator and school positionality.
Keyword Student empowerment
Muslim girls
Educator self-reflexivity
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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